By Terry Kelleher
October 07, 2002 12:00 PM

NBC (Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

This uninspired new sitcom from the creators of Will & Grace provides a textbook example of poor career planning. Mark Feuerstein stars as Jake, a sought-after TV producer who impulsively agrees to take over a hopeless Miami morning show after falling in love at his first sight of Dylan (Ashley Williams), the staff hairstylist.

The Sept. 26 premiere sets the pattern: The nutcases at his new workplace behave outrageously; Jake starts to rue his decision; then Dylan renders him tongue-tied and googly-eyed. She’s cute, all right, but not enough to make a man tolerate the severely neurotic station manager (Jere Burns), the arrogant anchor (Matt Letscher), the dumb-diva coanchor (Tessie Santiago) or the wacky nun (Brooke Dillman) who forecasts the weather. Each of these characters sounds one note—loudly and often.

Jake’s grandma (Suzanne Pleshette) is so hip, she mocks oldsters for watching CBS. But if she were wise, she’d tell him to kiss off the job and let the anchorman have the hair gal.

Bottom Line: Good morning and goodbye

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